Ken Johnson had a big hand in Ohio State's runaway victory over American University.

In the first half, Johnson blocked two more shots than American made, and Michael Redd and Scoonie Penn came out of shooting slumps as the No. 15 Buckeyes rolled to a 79-43 victory last night in Columbus, Ohio.

"I had my fly swatter working," Johnson said after blocking eight shots in the opening half as the Buckeyes broke out to a 45-15 lead. American (5-5) made just 6 of 29 shots (21 percent) in the first 20 minutes.

"I was hoping not to start the new year this way," American Coach Art Perry said.

Redd, who had a 26-game streak in double figures end Monday night, led the Buckeyes with 19 points. Penn added 15 points, and Will Dudley hit all five of his field-goal attempts for 10 points in Ohio State's fourth win in a row.

"I'd be the first to tell you, and I don't want to take anything away from American U., but we were the better team," Ohio State Coach Jim O'Brien said. "We should have won. But it was how we approached the game that pleased me."

Tim Washington had 14 points for the Eagles, who ended up 17 of 58 from the field (29 percent). Washington had five field goals, but the other four starters were a combined 6 for 31.

TULANE 76, HOWARD 63: Sterling Davis scored 14 points and Tulane's bench contributed 38 as the Green Wave extended its winning streak to eight games with a victory over the winless Bison.

Morris Jordan added 13 points and reserve Ledaryl Billingsley scored 12 for Tulane (9-1), which trailed Howard (0-8) by 28-24 at halftime. But while Howard struggled, the Green Wave recovered by making 19 of its 30 field goal attempts in the second half.

Antonio Michelle and Reggie Morris led Howard with 18 points apiece and Jonathan Stokes added 17 for the Bison.